February 18, 2005

Priest enters plea of not guilty

Boston Globe

By Kathy McCabe, Globe Staff | February 18, 2005

CHELSEA -- A Roman Catholic priest yesterday was ordered to have no unsupervised visits with minors after pleading not guilty to charges that he solicited sex from a 12-year-old girl and her mother while dining last month at a Chelsea restaurant.

The Rev. Jerome F. Gillespie, 55, was released on personal recognizance by Judge Paul Buckley following his arraignment in Chelsea District Court. Gillespie was charged with one count each of enticement of a child under age 16, soliciting sex for a fee, accosting a person of the opposite sex, and assault.

The charges stem from a Jan. 25 incident at Floramo's, a Chelsea restaurant, where Gillespie is alleged to have offered to pay the girl and her mother for oral sex, according to a Chelsea police report.

Gillespie, a priest in the Archdiocese of Boston for 23 years, appeared calm throughout his brief court appearance. He sat accompanied by about a dozen parishioners from St. John the Evangelist Church in Swampscott, where he resigned as pastor Jan. 28.

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